The Katsina State government has successfully repatriated 23 victims of human trafficking who were forced into slavery in Burkina Faso back home.
According to a press statement released by the state government, the return was facilitated by the Nigerian Embassy in Burkina Faso.
The victims included 13 men from Kankara Local Government Area of the State, while the remaining 10 men were said to be originally from Zamfara State.
Governor Aminu Masari who welcomed the victims on Tuesday night explained that two other victims refused to come back home.
The returnees were allegedly lured out of Katsina State by one Alhaji Usman from Kankara LG, who promised them lucrative jobs abroad but sold them to a female trafficker in Benin Republic. The woman later resold them to another trafficker in Burkina Faso.
Masari promised that the government would rehabilitate the victims after they might have undergone necessary security profiling. He also added that his administration is ready to bring home any other persons facing similar situations.